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Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square

Illuminating Rittenhouse Square for the holidays

Over 5,000 holiday lights and Philadelphia's largest Christmas Tree turn Rittenhouse Square into one of Center City's most festive public spaces for the holidays. Credit: J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia


Thursday, December 1, 2016


The Tree Lighting Ceremony features holiday entertainment, character visits, complimentary roasted chestnuts, Santa Claus and plenty of holiday surprises. The Christmas Tree — located in the center of Rittenhouse Square — is more than 30 feet tall, and once Santa flips the switch, becomes illuminated by 5,000 brilliant, multi-colored globes. These holiday lights make Rittenhouse Square one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays.

Holidays on the Square

Start the day shopping along Rittenhouse Row. Then make your way to Rittenhouse Square at dusk, where carolers and hot chocolate will have you toasting to the season.

Afterwards, eat, drink and be merry — and take advantage of happy hour and the fine dining options offered at Rittenhouse Square’s nearby restaurants, lounges and bars.

More Holiday Events and Activities

Looking for even more fun this holiday season? Check out our Guide to the Holidays in Philadelphia for special events, annual traditions and holiday shopping ideas. Take advantage of all the holiday fun the city has to offer with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, a two-night stay with FREE hotel parking.

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